Elai successfully guides his clients’ transactions through antitrust and foreign investment regulatory reviews in the United States and internationally. His efficient approach has garnered a strong record of obtaining quick and positive resolutions during the early phases of merger reviews. Elai is particularly attuned to global antitrust trends, and he uses such insights to the benefit of his clients when negotiating and completing mergers and acquisitions.
In addition to his transactional work, Elai represents clients in a variety of antitrust disputes, including complex class actions alleging price fixing and monopolization, as well as matters involving distribution arrangements and price discrimination. He also regularly advises on joint ventures and trade associations, as well as marketing, pricing and distribution strategies.
Well regarded as a thought leader on antitrust trends, Elai writes an antitrust column in The New York Law Journal, edited The Antitrust Compliance Handbook and has written chapters in Antitrust Law Developments and New York Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law. He is a regular panelist and moderator at the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting, as well as the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section Spring Meeting, where he covers timely topics such as merger enforcement, information exchange and financial market manipulation.
At the start of his legal career, Elai clerked for Justice Mishael Cheshin of the Supreme Court of Israel.
Obtained regulatory clearance in multiple acquisitions for numerous clients in various industries, including financial services, insurance, healthcare, life sciences, digital commerce, beverage and airline*
Successfully defended a global financial services company in a foreign exchange markets class action, winning a jury verdict following an eight-day trial*
Represented scholars and experts in antitrust economics as amici curiae in the Supreme Court of the United States case Ohio v. American Express Co.*
Courts / Agencies US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
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